Characterizing Illegal Mid-Block Pedestrian Crossings in China


China has experienced major growth and expansion in the last few decades. This massive economic growth brings its share of challenges in the transportation sector; including congestion, reduced air quality, and safety, to name a few. With rising motorization, many pedestrians are coming into conflict with automobiles and pedestrians currently bear a large proportion of the fatality burden. Many legal crosswalks in China are spaced hundreds of meters apart, forcing pedestrians to walk excessive lengths or make dangerous and illegal mid-block crossings to cross the major street. This study tracked 450 pedestrians via video cameras on two geometrically different roadways in Kunming, China to determine their crossing behaviors.

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